'Everybody Could Touch Prince': Monte Lipman, Republic Records Chairman & CEO, Recalls Releasing '3121'

April 22, 2016 1:30 AM

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In 2006, Monte Lipman was the president of Universal Republic Records before the label he co-founded with his brother Avery after its acquisition by Universal Music Group six years prior. It was then he got a call from a representative for Prince, the music legend who died Thursday (April 21).

The record they would release that year was 3121, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated April 8, 2006. It was Prince's first No. 1 album since 1989's Batman soundtrack and the final chart-topping set in his lifetime. It has sold 531,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

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